3 Apr 2017
Drowned in Sound reviews GNOD
Manchester’s Gnod are many things, but shy isn’t one of them. Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine isn’t exactly a political statement, but it is unashamedly informed by the contemporary political environment. As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, Trump sits in the White House (or in a Florida golf buggy), Marine Le Pen prepares for her shot at the French presidency, and the painful slow motion collapse of neoliberalism’s ill-founded political consensus continues, the unholy cacophony bands like Gnod are capable of unleashing feels utterly essential.
Since 2015’s Infinity Machines, a psychedelic nightmare that frequently sounded like the soundtrack to the earth’s gradual descent into a vicious wormhole, Gnod have opted for a somewhat more direct approach. Last year’s Mirror was a more stripped back and consciously violent affair and, as its title could be seen to imply, Just Say No… is much the same. That’s not to say that Gnod are repeating themselves. Just Say No… feels like a more consciously chaotic record than its predecessor, with guitar tracks frequently sounding like they are competing with each other for breathing space...
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